Monday, November 26

paid to train

Well it is official, I will be coaching and training with the Talisman Centre ETS team. 2 workouts in so far and things are great. Jack has been excellent with regards to program specifications. Training with wattage and cadence is totally new, it holds you accountable for your effort. The facility is unreal, I can't believe how stoked I'm about the upcoming season. This last weekend was the CPR training, take note of the 30 pumps. That had defiantly changed since last season.

Monday, November 19

Here is a Strech

With the Job at the Talisman Centre I will have to complete 16 hours of First Aid training this weekend. That means that the next two weeks of work are going to be full on! It will be worth it if I can get this Talisman Centre Coaching/Training up and going. The benefit to getting paid to train and work out at the best facility in Calgary will be great for next season. This will provide structure over the winter months and build a great base for next season. It will also help pay for the VW that I just bought. I'm practically gnawing at my own writs to drive the thing but I have to wait until tomorrow before the insurance goes into effect.

Tuesday, November 13

mid day energy

Prop's to the men's cross country team, Can West Title & 4th Overall! That is a serious improvement over last years 11th. This is just the beginning for the young guns on that team. Although Kerr will be impossible to replace, it takes five to score! The future of Dinos Running is strong. I just hope that when next years cross season rolls around I got the foot speed to keep up.

Big Bird News - Talisman Center is confirmed a go, I should be hitting the indoor trainer within the week. All that is needed now is a little bike TLC. Along with a lot of love for my hamstring.

Monday, November 12

t-minus

whoa, things have been smokin since the last entry, another new job and a injury to boot. It is amazing the mental trip that happens when I can't work out. But to concur the mental demons I must look at what this opportunity this time off has presented. I have been able to get my nutrient levels back to where they should be, this has forced me to take a very hard look at supplements for future training. The hiatus has also allowed me time to plan next year training and racing schedule out. A few things are still in the mix, but that is too be expected. I have applied to work, volunteer and train at the Talisman Center which should fit with my schedule quite nicely. Jack VanDyk looks to have a great cycling program that I can continue to learn from. If I can head into next season healthy and strong I should be able to drop below 2 hours at Wasa.

Monday, October 1

off season change

The world has been turned upside down by the 9-5 grind. This is the first job I have had that requires m-f / 9-5. I'm stoked cause this means I can still train with the dinos running team and allows for a mini training camp on the weekends. My stamina for the cross season is still on the low end, but I hope that within the month I can be race ready. My body is starting to settle into a routine with the early mornings and I can fall asleep with relative ease before 10pm. All this was foreign to me in the service sector which provided an inflexible schedule, random hours and a atmosphere that cherish drinking far too often.

On a side note I have begun to establish my list of triathlete contacts in Calgary and hope to push some of these guys to collaborate on training this winter. I know that the need for a better training program is out there and I believe that with a little push Calgary could become a hotbed of triathlon in Canada.

Sunday, September 23

Structure?

With the weekend drawing to a close I have truly enjoyed the new luxury of weekends off: they should provide some stabilization to my routine. Over the next six weeks I will be running and bricking every Sunday while keeping active on Saturdays. As the weather turns, I will be forced inside and hope to establish some training partners for the cold winter nights. This whole aspect of keeping a schedule is throwing me off a little bit, but in the end it should help with structure. This mornings workout was not so hot as I fell off the pace and could not recover on the 8km tempo. But this blog is not for excuses but more for realization so I will not get into further detail.

On a side note I was speaking with Scott Curry last night about the possibility of a long ride today, I'm not yet ready for his punishment on the bike. But over the winter I hope to utilize Scott and his madness.

Saturday, September 22

Many Days In

This is my second attempt at the blog universe and with it come less philosophy and more realism. Without a doubt this blog has been inspired by several meetings with triathletes regarding marketing oneself for sponsorship. It has been tough to wrap my head around pimping myself out, but I guess it is the aggressive /clever one that reaps the rewards. I'm still unclear as to the direction of these posts but I hope that they will both inspire and educate people in the triathlon community. At this point on this day my goals lie primarily in gaining as much knowledge and networks as possible to continue to improve and compete at a high level within all three disciplines. For the winter I have set three specific goals! 1. Run and compete hard at Stewart Cup at the end of October. 2. Find as many challenges with training partners on the bike this winter that allow for a sub 1 hour 40km individual ride. 3. Refine nutrition by testing several products that allow for greater recovery and enhanced performance.

These goals follow a very similar path that would allow for a summer with travel, competition and love in 2008. I have no doubt as to my ability to reach these goals but the question of balance with the girl, friends and work that will provide my greatest mental challenge.